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Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

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Surgical tools have come a long way. We're willing to bet that if these instruments were still used today, no one would be willing to have surgery.

Amputation Knife (1700s): These sharp knives were used for amputations during the 18th century. They were typically curved so that surgeons could cut through the skin and muscle before the bone was cut with a saw.

1 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Amputation Saw (1600s): Some surgeons had decorated, fancy amputation/bone saws such as this… but sometimes the extra details and carvings were a breeding ground for bacteria.


2 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Arrow Remover (1500s): It is thought that this strange-looking tool was inserted into a wound in a contracted position. Then, the central shaft was used to grab an arrow. The blades were then expanded so that the arrow head wouldn’t rip out the flesh on its way out.


3 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Artificial Leech (1800s): Bloodletting was a popular treatment for a range of medical conditions. In 1840 the artificial leech was created and was used frequently in eye and ear surgery. The rotating blades would pierce the skin and the tube would suck up the patient’s blood like a syringe.


4 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Bullet Extractor (1500s): These extractors could reach bullets embedded deeply in a patient’s body. Pulling out a bullet was sometimes risky and could result in more injury, but was common practice.


5 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Cervical Dilator (1800s): This could be used to dilate a woman’s cervix during labor. You could determine the amount of dilation with the measurement scale on the handle. Doctors stopped using these because they would often cause the cervix to tear.




6 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Circumcision Knife (1770s): Ritual circumcision common, but tools like this sharp European knife from the 18th century make it seem like a brutal and archaic practice.


7 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Ecraseur (1870s): This tool was used to remove hemorrhoids, uterine tumors or ovarian tumors by severing them. The chain was looped over the mass and tightened using the ratchet, stopping the circulation of blood to the area.


8 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Hemorrhoid Forceps (1800s): To remove a hemorrhoid, these forceps were used to grasp it and apply pressure to stop the blood supply. As a result, the hemorrhoid would usually fall off.


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Hernia Tool (1850s): This tool was used after hernias were corrected. It would be inserted into the body near the affected area and left there for a short amount of time. The tool would help encourage the formation of scar tissue, holding the hernia in.


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Hirtz Compass (1915): This compass could used to be locate bullets within a body, using trajectory formulas, so that they could be removed with precision.


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Hysterotome/Metrotome (1860s-90s): This hysterotome (or metrotome) was used to amputate the cervix during a hysterectomy.


12 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Lithotome (1740s-1830s): In order to remove bladder stones, the bladder would need to be cut and doctors would use a lithotome to do it. The shaft contained a hidden blade that was inserted into the bladder and then released using a spring handle.


13 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Mouth Gag (1880s-1910s): This wooden, screw-shaped mouth gag wasn’t used to silence patients. It would be inserted into an unconscious patient’s mouth to ensure their airway was open.


14 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Scarificator (1910s-20s): Scarificators were used in bloodletting, to help draw out the blood. The spring-loaded blades in this device would cut the skin and then the device would be warmed to encourage blood flow.


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Skull Saw (1830s-60s): To access the brain, this hand-cranked skull saw would be used to cut through the cranium.


16 Surgical Tools You Want To Stay Away From (20 pics)

Tobacco Smoke Enema (1750s-1810s): This kit would be used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum. It was used primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration.


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Tonsil Guillotine (1860s): To remove tonsils, this tool was used. It’s like a small guillotine. The blades would slice off the infected tonsils, but would often cause hemorrhaging and would leave tonsil remnants in the throat.


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Trephine (1800s): The trephine basically was a hand-powered drill with a cylindrical blade, used to bore into the skull. The spike in the center would hold the instrument still while cutting.


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Vaginal Speculum (1600s): Specula have been used for thousands of years by doctors, mainly so that they could examine a woman’s vaginal area. This 17th century European example is ornate and intimidating, but is similar to the specula used today.


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№1 Author: Keta (7 Jul 2014 10:30) Total user comments: 384


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This look more like torture devices ...
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№2 Author: Tomaz86 (7 Jul 2014 15:56) Total user comments: 10815


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Are you sure you were using it to save lives?
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№3 Author: Lalimule (8 Jul 2014 01:42) Total user comments: 139


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#16 ouch.... :88:
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